Neilston & District Pipe Band for Parades, Weddings, Conferences, Gala Days & Special events.
Formed in 1970, in the townships of Neilston and Barrhead.
The dress worn is the traditional kilt and plaid with accompanying dress and cross belts (no. 1 uniform). The national instrument, the great highland bagpipe is accompanied by a corp of drums, namely snare, tenor and bass and the ensemble is lead by Drum Major William Martin and Pipe Major Iain Mcdonald.
Neilston Pipe Band has played all over the world including Canada USA, Czech Republic, France, Germany Spain, Bangkok, Tokyo, China & the Pillippines.
Reports of a band in Neilston date back around 200 years. Records of 1819 say that a band from Neilston played “Scots wha hae wi Wallace bled” (College of Piping Tutor, Book 1) at a rally of Scottish Radicals in Paisley on 11 September. On that occasion, the band sensed trouble with police — a tradition we maintain to the present day — and escaped down Storie Street. However, it is equally probable that the band had to rush off to another gig.
In more recent times, a band re-formed in 1970, and that marks the start of today’s Neilston & District Pipe Band. It draws its members from the townships of Neilston and Barrhead, 15km southwest of Glasgow. The band has a pipe corps playing the great highland bagpipe, and a drum corps of snare, tenor and bass instruments. The ensemble is led by Pipe Major Iain MacDonald.
The tartan of the band’s kilts is MacKenzie — Army 5a — worn of old by the Seaforth Highlanders (72nd and 79th Foot) and, of course, Glasgow’s own regiment, the Highland Light Infantry (71st and 74th Foot).